I was recently invited to join a media trip to the North of the Philippines to discover what the Provinces of Nueva Ecija, Cagayan and the Island of Palaui have to offer visitors to the region. I was very much surprised by what i discovered.
I have sifted through my fellow bloggers Instagram Feeds and have a series of three posts lined up for you. This second set of 21 Instagrams highlights some hidden treasures of Nueva Ecija
Nueva Ecija is a landlocked province just 4 hours away from Manila and perfect for that getaway with the kids. Hidden away in the Municipality of General Tinio are two attractions your kids and family will just love, Minalungao National Park and PMP Paradise Farm.
Further afield in the Science City of Munoz is the Philrice Research Institute which really opened my eyes to how rice will be farmed in the future.
I hope these photos inspire you to take the trip North this summer and discover for yourself the beauty of Nueva Ecija and North Luzon
The Lakbay Norte tour bus which was our home for 5 days takes a rest in the shadow of the Sierra Madre Mountains while we toured the Rice Farm of the Future at the Philrice Research Institute, Munoz, Nueva Ecija. #lakbaynorte #lakbaynorte6 #northboundph #victoryliner #nlextravel #Philrice #munoz #nuevaecija #philippines #brown4good #travelphotography #travelph
After experiencing the #agrotourism delights of #NuevaEcija, @crystalwaves_official is a sprawling holiday resort, the ideal place for rest and recreation with your family and friends. Fly on their zipline, or make a splash at their water slide tower and wave pool. ? #crystalwaveshotelandresort #LakbayNorte6 #LakbayNorte #NLEXLakbayNorte #NLEXTravel #NorthBoundPH #VictoryLiner #Travel
?You have to cross many bridges and you have to walk many paths in your life! But what is more important than this is to know which bridges you should not cross and which paths you must not walk. – Mehmet Murat Idan ——————————————– ➡️ Minalungao National Park is a protected area located in General Trio, Nueva Ecija. Visitors can do a lot of fun activities here like bamboo rafting, zipline and hiking . ——————————————– ?Minalungao National Park | Nueva Ecija, Philippines
I was very surprised but happy to discover a Rizal Monument at PMP Paradise Farm. Besides the #rizalmonument visitors can enjoy horse riding, fishing, riding a cart pulled by a carabao, the tree houses and many more activities. *** Not all of us can be Doctors. There must be the Hero Farmers to feed the Nation *** Dr. Jose Rizal . #joserizal #generaltiniopapaya #generaltinio #nuevaecija #farmvisit #Philippines #nlextravel #lakbaynorte6 #lakbaynorte #victoryliner #northboundph #travel
Do you love #palitaw? Learn to make this yummy Filipino snack at PMP Paradise Farm in General Tinio, #NuevaEcija. Its name taken from litaw, the Tagalog word for “float” or “rise”, palitaw is a small, flat, sweet rice cake made from washed, soaked, and ground ‘malagkit’ (glutinous rice), topped with a mix of sugar and grated coconut or toasted sesame seeds. ? #LakbayNorte6 #LakbayNorte #NLEXTravel #NorthBoundPH #VictoryLiner #Philippines #NLEXLakbayNorte #travel
Bamboo rafting at the river in #Minalungao National Park #nuevaecija
Evidenced by its imposing brick churches, #Cagayan has long been a center of #brickmaking and #pottery since Spanish colonial times. This handicraft lives on in the Itawes village of Atulu in Iguig, Cagayan where villagers still make practical and decorative terracotta items like cookware, containers and garden sculptures by hand. ? #LakbayNorte6 #LakbayNorte #NLEXLakbayNorte #NLEXTravel #NorthBoundPH #VictoryLiner #Travel #Philippines
Nueva Ecija Where to stay
I can recommend Microtel and Harvest Hotel in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija for your stay but you can check for other accommodation on Agoda
Paradise Farm Floating Cottages P1000 per cottage good for 5pax Contact # 09429714903
How to Get to Nueva Ecija’s Attractions
Minalungao National Park
Take a Victory Liner bus heading to Gapan/Cabanatuan. Fare is P150-P200. Estimated travel time: 2-3 hours
Then from Gapan find a jeepney going to General Tinio. From General Tinio ride a tricycle to Minalungao Park. P50/person ****** You could also hire a tricycle from Gapan to Minalungao Park, P500-P600/tricycle. The tricycle will wait for you and return you back to Gapan. Estimated travel time: 1-1.5 hours
By Car or Van Take NLEX Northbound and Exit at Sta. Rita. Proceed right and go along the Candaba – San Miguel Road until you reach Bucana, Gapan. *** Upon reaching Gapan, ask the locals the best route to Minalungao National Park since there are several roads leading to the park. *** Estimated travel time: 4-5 hours
PMP Paradise Farm
Disclosure:- This NLEX-SCTEX Lakbay Norte media familiarization tour was made possible by North Philippines Visitors Bureau in cooperation with Manila North Tollways Corp., Victory Liner, DOT 2, DOT 3, Jollibee Foods Corp., Petron, Prifood, Maynilad, NECVA and CNCVB.
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